Big Island punk rockers El Sancho and The Cutthroat Brothers have two new releases (one single and one music video) available today.
El Sancho: “Bad Dad”
Big Island-based punk band El Sancho released their latest single, “Bad Dad,” on Sept. 17. For this song, the band takes inspiration from classic ’50s rockers like Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, and Eddie Cochran, but boosts the volume and speed up to 11 for a more modern twist on a classic sound.
Nate Werneck’s bouncy bass lines drive the song below the simple three-chord progression, as vocalist/guitarist Alan Kasameyer rails on about a dad who puts his priorities above his family. The catchy and simple chorus has made this song a fan favorite at recent live shows around the island.
The song also features a cameo from Max Newberg as “The Bad Dad.” Newberg recently moved off-island but ad-libbed his “fatherly advice” during a recording session right before leaving. “We were excited to get Max involved with this song,” said drummer Tony Joyce. “I met Alan through Max, so without Max, there would be no El Sancho!”
The band released a lyric video featuring Kasameyer speeding around in a souped-up, flame-painted golf cart. “The song has a classic hot rod vibe, so I thought that would be a good play on it,” said Kasameyer. The video also includes live footage from recent El Sancho shows in Kona and Hilo.
Speaking of live shows, due to rising COVID numbers and capacity restrictions, El Sancho has shelved the rest of its in-person concerts until Jan. 2022. “Punk rock and social distancing don’t work particularly well together,” continues Kasameyer. “Our crowds tend to get rowdy, and we don’t want El Sancho to be a super spreader event.”
During this downtime, the band is busy working on the follow-up to their 2021 album Our Part in the Darkness and planning some livestreaming events for later in the fall.
“Bad Dad” is available on streaming platforms like Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Bandcamp, and more, and the video is available on YouTube.
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The Cutthroat Brothers: “The Devil in Berlin” Music Video
The Cutthroat Brothers are a garage punk duo formed by two barbers – Big Island’s Jason Cutthroat (guitar/vocals) and drummer Donny Paycheck. They’ve now teamed with punk legend Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges, etc.) for a collaborative album called Devil in Berlin.
The trio’s 2021 Record Store Day release (The King Is Dead) was such a hit that the Brothers and Watt are back with an album of all-new material. Devil in Berlin will be available as vinyl LP, CD, and digital download on Dec. 3. Pre-order here.
The new music video features the Berlin-based burlesque group The Velvet Creepers and was directed by Fruit Salat Films.
The lewd and bruising title track “The Devil in Berlin” shakes and swings like Berlin-based Burlesque troupe, the Velvet Creepers, featured on the artwork and video and seen performing with The Cutthroat Brothers on tour.
The venomous blues-punk, swamp-garage sounds of The Cutthroat Brothers conjure bands like The Gun Club, The Cramps, The Stooges, and even a taste of Sonic Youth and Hawkwind. The gruesome twosome and punk legend Mike Watt (Minutemen, Firehose, The Stooges) are back in road-sharpened form. Jason Cutthroat’s grinding, straight razor slide guitar, and Donny Paycheck’s (ex Zeke) pummeling, heavy-as-hell drums beat down on you in a blues punk-soaked fever. Mike Watt provides the blood-like glue that brings the monster’s heart to life.
Songs like “Devil in Berlin,” “Been Away,” and “Love, Drugs, Etc.” provide hooks that stick in your brain like a grimy dance floor to the bottom of your motorcycle boots.
“Devil in Berlin” oozes a seedy, primal slime that grips onto and feeds greedily off of audience energy and can only survive in the dark corners of the soul. Each track is a sordid, sinful sketch that can be directly attached to a night on tour.
Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney) produces and mixes in his fifth collaboration with The Cutthroat Brothers (in only three years since the band was formed), shaping Devil in Berlin to a razor-sharp edge fit to shave Satan himself.
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